Makita USA Inc. continues to set a fast pace with more products, more infrastructure and more jobs. In a year that marks 50 years in the U.S.A., Makita has also expanded its distribution, training and service capabilities with a new 600,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Reno, Nevada.
It increases Makita’s operational ability to meet growing market demand with nation-wide 2-day ground coverage, so customers receive products faster.
Leading Innovation, Service, and Training
“Makita is focused on leading innovation and engineering, as well as training and after-sales service,” said Joe Blackwell, vice president operations. “These are cornerstones that go back to the earliest days of the company, and the addition of the new Reno facility is focused on fulfilling these promises. Above all, Makita is looking forward and we are committed to serving our valued customers.”
The new Reno facility, a $50 million investment, is the company’s fifth in the U.S.A. It also follows the recent opening of a similar facility in the Dallas region. Makita recently opened Reno with a soft launch and will be fully on-line this fall.
New Distribution Center
The Reno facility is located on nearly 50 acres of land with 600,000 square feet of warehouse space fully equipped with operational capabilities. It’s the latest addition to Makita’s distribution chain which includes operations in Wilmer, Texas, Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and Buford, Georgia, as well as the Makita U.S.A. home office and distribution center in La Mirada, CA. The Buford facility includes a manufacturing and assembly plant, which is one of ten Makita manufacturing facilities worldwide.
New Training Center
The new facility also includes a detached 28,000 square foot state-of-the-art training center. The facility is Makita’s fourth in the U.S.A. It will offer tailored curriculum and hands-on training. Makita trainers can also utilize adjacent outdoor space equipped with infrastructure to run Makita’s expanding line of outdoor power equipment.
For dealer partners, training will focus on increasing their knowledge of Makita’s leading technologies and also empower them to match a solution to their customers. On the other hand, for professional users, the focus is application-driven with instruction showing the right accessories and the right tools for the job with an emphasis on proper use for increased productivity and profitability.
New Factory Service Center
A new Factory Service Center has the target to open in late fall 2020. Consequently, it will be the latest addition to Makita’s national service network. It will be four-times larger in square footage than any other Makita Service Center in the U.S.A.
Focused on the Future
Even with this significant expansion, Makita remains focused on the future.
“The new facility addresses increasing demand that we’re seeing across all product categories including construction, cordless outdoor power equipment, automotive and janitorial-sanitation,” said Blackwell. “But even during construction in Reno we were still looking forward. Additionally, the open space adjacent to the building is shovel-ready for planned future expansion.”
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial power tools, pneumatics power equipment and janitorial-sanitation products. It also offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network throughout the U.S.A. With 50 years in the United States and over 100 years worldwide, Makita utilizes experience and expertise to manufacture best-in-class solutions.